In addition to the Pet Health Care Library, we have provided the following links to websites that provide some great information on ocular health in pets:
  • American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists:

                  - to locate specialists

                  - to research different ocular conditions

                  - to view featured video: "Cataract, You and Your Pet"

  • Support/information for owners of visually impaired or blind dogs:
  • American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology:

Other websites of broader interest:   

    • Breeds of Dogs A quick reference guide to many breeds of dogs, including photos and brief descriptions of each breed's characteristics.
    • Behavior problems Founded by Brian Kilcommons and Sharon Wilson, best-selling authors and recognized experts on animal training and behavior, this site is a terrific resource for advice on a variety of behavioral problems. If you want to learn more about feline housesoiling, barking dogs, aggression, or any other behavioral problem, check this one out!
    • Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement  We have all experienced the pain of losing a pet. The Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement has set up this site for support during this most difficult time. You will find inspirational stories, grief counselling resources, hotline number and many other resources.
    • National Animal Poison Control Center  This is the website of the National Animal Poison Control Center. It includes a library, links to other sites, and phone numbers for the poison control center.
    • Plants Toxic to Animals, Introduction -- Vet Med Library, UIUC  A lot of information about toxic plants can be found here. You can search under common name or scientific name of the plant.
    • Veterinary Schools in the US  This is a great link to all of the websites of veterinary schools in the United States.
    • USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service  The USDA maintains this website with information on a variety of animal health related topics, including the latest news on such things as Mad Cow Diseases, foot and mouth disease, and many other things.
    • Rainbow Bridge  Anyone who has ever lost a pet should visit this wonderful site. It is a terrific tribute to our lost family members
    • American Veterinary Medical Association  This site is a good starting point to learn more about a variety of topics, including feline injection-site sarcomas and the latest subjects in veterinary medicine


Help Stop Rhino Poaching!

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust :: Crowdrise from Village Beat on Vimeo.

A recent news report alerted me to the poaching epidemic that has affected South Africa's rhinos, not to speak of the unbelievable cruelty and brutality with which these incredible animals are being slaughtered. This report was shocking and hit a nerve: During my ophthalmology residency at North Carolina State University I had a chance for a behind-the-scenes visit of the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. Highlight of this unforgettable experience was an up-close encounter with a White Rhinoceros. I remember being overwhelmed and deeply touched by the beauty and gracefulness of this animal.

Did you know that since 2008, about 1200 rhinos have been killed in South Africa alone? Last year, 448 of these amazing animals fell victim to poaching. They are literally hacked to death or left to die a horrific death with eyes gauged out and horns hacked off alive. Small calves are left to die next to their mothers who are bleeding out over hours or days. Poaching is executed mercilessly often by sophisticated and organized crime syndicates to satisfy an ever increasing demand in Asian countries such as Vietnam, China, Thailand, Korea. There the horn is touted to possess magical powers and to help in the fight against all kinds of ailments, from headaches to cancer to impotence. Powdered rhino horn can fetch as much as $60,000 per kg! This is despite the fact that horn is mainly composed of keratin which is also abundantly found in skin, hooves, hair, and  feathers.  And medical research has clearly not supported any claims of efficacy in the against aferomentioned ailments.

As a first step to help in the fight against animal poaching, Animal Eye Care of New England is now fostering the two rhino orphans "Solio" and "Maxwell" at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. Please follow the story of these 2 rhinos on our facebook site.
With all best wishes,
Dr. Isabel Jurk


The Cove: Sign the Petition to Help Save Japan's Dolphins

This is a petition against the yearly dolphin slaughter in Japan that is taking place right now (only for strong nerves: see the documentary "The Cove" )

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